Dilly Bag-a-long

Hi Everyone,

I recently decided to join in with Angie from GnomeAngel in her Dilly Bag-a-long. It has been a very long time since I have unpacked my sewing machine as I tend to do mainly hand sewing these days.


The Dilly Bag pattern by Judy Newman is the perfect mix of English paper piecing and machine sewing.

I made a very dodgy looking template and got into the fussy cutting. I used a selection of fat quarters and got to work on the hexagons and came up with something a bit different to what I’ve been doing lately.





The placement of the hexagons was a random thing, I just tried to not have two the same next to each other.



As a very recent convert to using glue over hand-basting, I find it so much quicker and that gives me more time to join them up (and maybe even finish some projects ;) )


I like to remove the papers at the end of the project, it keeps the ‘fabric’ together while it is being handled a lot.

After getting all of the hexagons joined it was time to unpack my very neglected sewing machine (I’m just glad that she was still talking to me after all of this time).

It would have been handy if I could have found some pins too (in my defence most of my stuff is packed while I move between houses).



Another great thing about doing this bag-a-long is that I discovered that I am not the only quilter in the house… Paige (5) was very intrigued with the whole process.



My basic sewing skills came back to me and I was able to put together a bag that resembled the pattern.




After a more than two year absence from any machine sewing I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone who is looking for a quick and cute little bag.





Check out this blog post with some beautiful hexies:

Wednesday 23 September: Sharon @ Simple Things


The following bloggers will also be (or have) participating in the bag-a-long

Friday 26 September: Sharon @ The Projects of My Life – that’s me!!

Wednesday 1 October: Judith @ Just Jude

Friday 3 October: Progress link party here @ GnomeAngel.com

Wednesday 8 October: Kate @ Stitched with Love

Friday 10 October: Kathy @ iamacraftykat

Monday 13 October: Barbara @ Sunflower Stitcheries

Wednesday 15 October: Rachel @ Little White Dove

Friday 17 October: End link party here @ GnomeAngel.com

Thanks for a great little pattern Judy, and thanks to Angie for organising this bag-a-long. I may leave the sewing machine out and see what else I can do. :)




December Daily 2013 – Day 5


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I had a sick little girl at home with me today so we had a very quiet day. The highlight for Paige was that another little Elf joined our house. A girl elf! Her name is Holly. My highlight was a long snuggle on the couch with Paige while she slept.

I kept it to just the one page today.


Here are the Elf pages.



The bingo card was perfect for this day.

Thanks for looking.


December Daily 2013 – Day 4


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Last official day of kindergarten for Paige today which has had me feel a little blue (silly I know). There was a break up party with lots of food and celebration and the children sang some carols. The priest who works with the school came along and did a sweet prayer with the kids, it was a nice day.

We gave the name badges that I posted a picture of yesterday to the teachers, they loved them!

I’ve only done one page for today, kept it quite simple.


Our elf, Ralph was no where to be seen this morning. Paige hunted high and low, eventually he was found in the fridge where he had made the milk turn BLUE! I’ve added a few photos to those pages.

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Tomorrow Ralph the Elf will have a huge surprise for Paige ;)



December Daily 2013 – Day 3


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Hi there!

Tuesday is a kindergarten day for Paige so that means a lot of my photos were focused on that. As it is their last official week the children have been wearing their Christmas shirts and getting into the spirit. Paige brought home an ornament that she had made, it was fairly flat so I have included that and a piece of the wrapping paper that she stamped into the day’s layout.

Left side:

IMG_5635 - CopyQuite simple, the glitter pocket from yesterday. A couple of 3×4 photos and I used Ali’s digital overlays again.

The right side:

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I have just written straight onto the preprinted journal card, I like how I can add a bit to it without losing a photo spot elsewhere.

I also included a 4×4 insert.

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And here is the first finished Elf on the Shelf page from the back of the album.

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Hope you 3rd day was a good one.

I am loving seeing all of the projects that are being posted all over the net. I don’t know of another project that gets so many people involved.

See you tomorrow. ;)



December Daily 2013 – Day 2


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Today got off to a very exciting start when my daughter Paige saw that our Elf on the Shelf – Ralph – had returned. He came bearing gifts, a big basket full of wrapped books for her to pick one from each night for us to read together. Paige doesn’t remember that Ralph actually brought a lot of these books last year – lucky Mummy!

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To mix it up a little this year I am using a divider in my album and devoting a whole section just to the Elf and his antics. The pages so far look like this:

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The title page.

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The arrival! This photo is about 5×5.

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The first book, this photo is printed to fit a 3×4 slot.

For the ‘daily’ section of the album, today looked like this:

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On the left side is another 6×8 photo with a digital overlay. The little tag has ‘Christmas word’ stickers on it, from Pretty Little Studio.

On the right:

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A glittery shaker pocket and some machine stitching onto a journal card at the top. I am going to go back and redo the journaling – my writing is too scratchy and I can’t look past it, these cards will end up typed.

Edited to add: I have typed up a card now and am much happier with it. The font is called Minya and was a free download.


Here are some close ups:

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Thanks for looking.

Happy December Daily. :)


December Daily 2013 – Dec 1


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So excited that December is finally here and I can get going on my favourite project. This year my DD will be done primarily using the Studio Calico kit plus extra items from my stash. I will also be using some digital overlays by Ali Edwards that I have bought from DesignerDigitals.

I am going to try to finish each page on the actual day and get a blog post done. I will just be using photos from the iphone to keep it quick and easy on the blog.

The first of December is the day that the Christmas tree goes up in our house (this year it was too much for Paige (4) and we did put some smaller ones up earlier in the week).


My 4 year old painted me a cute Christmas tree that just had to go on this page. The journal card is from the SC kit. I’ve been trying to use my Silhouette Cameo on this project as well, the Christmas tree cut out is one of Ali’s digital files, behind it is a shaker pocket that I made with green tree confetti and a wood veneer. (Note to self: must work harder on the handwriting).


This is a cut down page protector from Becky Higgins. I popped in a couple of the Instagrams that I had taken earlier in the week from when Paige decorated her trees. (I will be using Instagram a lot during December, if you want to follow me I am : shoppershaz)


I made us Christmas pancakes for breakfast – so easy with the cookie cutters but a good tip is to make sure you give them a good spray with oil before pouring in the mixture. The other photo is Paige with her Advent Calendar – this year is the first time that I have had one for her and she seems to really enjoy it.


This page is a sheet of clear acetate with the buttons glued on, one of them ‘escaped’ but I have glued it back down now. Love the transparent look and the photo of the real Christmas tree showing through. I will be putting in a lot of inserts and page dividers throughout the whole album, it was something I did last year too and I think it adds a bit of interest.


This is a 6×8 photo with one of Ali’s overlays. Clean and simple.

Thanks for looking, please let me know what you think.

Happy December Daily!!


Elf on the Shelf Skirt




Last year we had a cute little elf called Ralph come and visit us for the Christmas holidays. He looked a bit lonely so this year I have organised for him to bring a little girl friend with him.

When I opened the Elf on Shelf Girl I was a bit disappointed to see that she didn’t come with a skirt, in fact she looked just like Ralph but with eyelashes and earrings.

After finding the little skirts for sale on the internet at some crazy prices I decided to make my own. There were a few tutorials out there – I found this one at Seven Pretty Blog quite cute but decided to make an even more simple model for our yet-to-be-named girl elf.

This is what we did.

The elf picked out a fabric she liked – in this case it was a piece of white felt.


Then with a little help from me the elf traced a circle shape onto the felt – we used a small bowl. The next step was to trace another small circle in the middle and then cut that out (to leave a donut shape) – my advice if using felt is to make the inner circle much smaller than you think you will  need, ours ended up being too big after the elf slipped it on.


Because the waist hole was too large I ended up folding some little darts into the opening. I stitched those on my machine.


After this it was just up to the elf to decide how she would like her little skirt decorated. She went with silver confetti snowflakes and silver ribbon. I used a hot glue gun to adhere them to the felt. We also added a few onto her hat while we were gluing.


The elf thought the skirt could be improved a little more so I got some sharp scissors and cut a fluted edge to it.


To celebrate the elf coming to live with us I also gave her some diamond earrings (small diamontes glued on).

This would be a cute activity to do with your kids in December but I wanted mine to be a surprise for Paige. I think she will love this little girl-elf.



Week In The Life – Sunday


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Well I made it all the way to the end of the photography part of this project and I have to say that I am so glad I did it. It will be great to look back and see where our lives were at this time.

This was a fairly typical Sunday – every second week I work and this is pretty much what happens.

Here are the templates with the photos in.


Sunday LHS copy


Sunday RHS copy

Small photos for the page protectors:

Sunday 8x11 copy


I will be putting together the page protectors for each day soon and will do a post of those too.

Thanks for looking.




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